Boon Bang Fai Rocket Festival 2017
Date: 13 - 15 May 2017
Destination: Yasothon, Amnatcharoen, Ubon Ratchathani
This year, plan a trip to Northeastern Thailand and take part in one of the grandest festivities of Isan region --- "Rocket Festival
" or Prapheni Bun Bang Fai
. Each year around the beginning of rainy season, people in Yasothon, Amnatcharoen, and Ubon Ratchathani will gather and held an amazing homemade rocket competition, which this year will fall on 13 – 15 May.
Witness hundreds of rockets or "Bang Fai" launched into the sky to please the god of rain and fertility Phraya Thaen. These Bang Fais can be from small handheld size to gigantic 12 meters tall "Bang Fai Larn
" loaded with 120 kg. of black powder and go up to 10 km. high! Each village makes rocket and launch against each other to see which one can go the highest or be in the air for longest time. When the rockets lifted off, observers chanting and cheering for them to reach the greatest height -- a truly heart-racing experience you must join.
Many village in the area will join this activity, but if you want to catch the best, Yasothon
is the destination for you. Here is one of the biggest venues for Boon Bang Fai, where there will be a parades for lavishly decorated Bang Fai carts, traditional dance, and the competition of international Rocket.
HotelThailand.com offers you special deals for hotels near to grand venues of Bang Fai Rocket Festival
. Find the list below and plan your trip to Isan region during the best event of the year.
Lore about Prapheni Bun Bang Fai
This festival is related to lore about the war between god of rain Phraya Thaen and the giant toad Phraya Kan Kag. The story goes as Phraya Thaen did not make rain for 7 years 7 months and 7 days, making people on the land suffer from drought. People was declaring war with the god, but cannot withstand the army of angels, so they retreated to a giant tree where "Phraya Kan Kag", a giant toad lived. The war continued with aids from Phraya Kan Kag, then Phraya Thaen was defeated. So he said, when it is the time for rainy season, people shall launch Bang Fai up in the air to remind him that it's time for rain.
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